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Long lasting bright tone?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Guz2, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Guz2


    Apr 18, 2009
    I really like the sound of new strings, but it wears off quite quickly. Does anyone know of any strings that have a really long lasting "new" sound?

    Also, what sort of strings would be best for getting an Alex Wester-type tone? I know his sound has more to do with electronics and amps etc than strings but still...

    Thanks in advance
  2. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Dean Markley Blue steel are extra bright sounding yet still have plenty of crack of thunder lows. When they mellow out a bit from use, initial breakin, there still as bright as most strings new and brighter then some of those. They will diff keep you away from dull sound for a long time. Lol.
  3. Guz2


    Apr 18, 2009
  4. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Number of sets purchased and the price each.
  5. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
  6. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    I've recently migrated back to SS strings.

    On my different basses I currently have:
    SIT Power Steels (more abrasive feeling)
    EB Coated
    DR LoRiders
  7. eligos36


    Jan 6, 2009
    I tried all those listed above but have found no strings that sound bright for as long as DR Marcus Miller High Beams. They age well, too, and sound like flat wounds after about 4 months.
  8. guroove


    Oct 13, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    I see a lot of these threads about strings, and most people just post what kind of strings they use, or their favorite brands. IME, the brand has little to do with it, but you can't get a brighter sound than the combination of stainless steel rounds with round cores. I haven't ever had a problem with these staying bright. The last set I had on my AC stayed on for about 4 years. The reason I changed them was because they had begun to get pits on the undersides from hitting the frets. All I did was keep my hands clean, and clean the strings often. If you have to know what brand they were, they were Ken Smiths, but I think any stainless steel string with round cores will give similar results.
  9. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Blue Steels.
  10. Sgt. Rock

    Sgt. Rock

    Apr 10, 2010
    This has been my experience as well. They just don't die.
  11. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Well, all the ones I mentioned that are currently on my basses were put on about the same time. My goal was to get my own guage on which I liked and which seemed to last the longest.
  12. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Surprisingly the Hartke`s I have on my StingRay have been going for about 3 months now. They`ve only just begun to dull out after their initial settling in period.
  13. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    What`s your conclusion so far?

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